retrieving mail from outlook xml file

Posted on 2007-10-04
Last Modified: 2012-08-14
i crashed my vista computer sort of.....change the mb and it will not repair or boot. If i reinstall my outlook 2003 was not backed up.
Question by:egrantier
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    Greetings egrantier !

    Add the hard drive as a slave to a working computer.  Get the Outlook data PST file from the slave drive. PST file is located in drive:\Documents and Settings\<user>\Local Settings\Application Data\Microsoft\Outlook folder.  

    It is a hidden file, so you have to unhide hidden files. Open Windows Explorer folder and select Tools > Folders Options > View. Check "Show hidden files and folders". Click OK.

    You may need to take ownsership of folders and files to access them.

    Hope this helps, war1

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    is the pst automatically created even if I didnt export the outlook files?
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    I am not sure what you are asking.  If the computer reformat the hard drive and resintall the OS, and you are able to open Outlook, it will automatically create a PST file.  But your Outlook and other data will be lost if you do not backup the PST file and other data.
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    Yes, Egrantier.

    If you create an Outlook profile then the pst is where your e-mails are stored. If you have received any e-mails atleast.

    War1 is correct.
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    egrantier, any update?

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